The Journey to Wisdom

Any journey begins with the realization that where one is at is not where one would like to be. Whether it is a physical journey like a trip to Grandmother’s house for Christmas, or a spiritual journey to improve the mind, the result is a change from where one was.

A journey called to wisdom is not a physical trip, it’s a change in outlook. A change from the way we might have looked at life in the past to a new way.

All journeys begin with an origin, a starting point. But from there, all journeys are different. The difference is not the destination, it’s the origin. The destination may be Los Angeles, but the journey from New York to Los Angeles is entirely different than a trip to Los Angeles from Hawaii. Remembering then that this journey is not a physical one, but a mental one, the origin is not a location, it’s a realization. If we want to attain wisdom, the starting must per force indicate that we do not have it.

What exactly is “wisdom”? The dictionary defines “wisdom” as the ability to discern what is true or right. By this definition, “wisdom” has both moral and intellectual implications. Moral; discerning what’s right–and intellectual; discerning what’s true. There’s another type of wisdom, often referred to as the “world’s wisdom.” Sometimes this is cultural – and Arab would have a different standard of wise than an Aborigine. But in western culture there is a materialistic viewpoint that equates wisdom with success. The “wise” man looks out for number one! “No Fear” or “Just Do It” or any of the other many other popular advertising maxims seem to personify this viewpoint.

Another viewpoint hold that wisdom is knowledge. Mark Twain said, “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”

But this destination is different than all these. Our definition of wisdom is this: “The God-given ability to perceive the true nature of a matter and to implement the will of God in that matter.” (Dr. Larry Lea)

And that journey is worth taking.

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